Executive Board

Our Executive Board is in charge of organizing various activities for our chapter. We are always looking for motivated leaders to help plan our events and network with STEM professionals in the Baltimore area. If you would like to join our board, email us: awisbaltimore@gmail.com

Aparna Shah, PhD

President:
Aparna Shah, PhD

Professional Position

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University

Professional History:

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Pharmacology, University of Maryland, Baltimore

  • PhD, Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

  • MS, Life Sciences, Sophia College for Women, University of Mumbai, India

  • BS, Life Sciences and Biochemistry, St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai, India

Interests:

  • Research: Neuropsychiatric disorders, specifically, mood and substance abuse disorders. Investigating the role of microRNAs in regulating neuronal function, in the context of these disorders.

  • Etc.: Teaching, Scientific Outreach, Science Communication, Baking, and Art

Contributions to AWIS

  • Vice President of Social Media: 2016-2018

Web Links

Marilyn Allen

Vice President of Public Relations:
Marilyn Allen

Professional Position

  • PhD Student, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering Program, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Professional History:

  • B.S. Chemical & Biological Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Interests:

  • Research: Nanotechnology and drug delivery approaches to systemic lupus erythematosus treatment; Translational bioengineering; Immunotherapy; Drug development

  • Etc.: STEM outreach, patient advocacy, traveling, reading, cooking and trying new food

Contributions to AWIS

  • Vice President of Public Relations: Current

Web Links

Alexandra Soare

Vice President of Social Media:
Alexandra Soare

Professional Position

  • PhD student in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Professional History:

  • Associate Researcher, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

  • Research Technician, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • MS, Microbiology and Immunology, Tulane University

  • BA, International and Global Studies, Sewanee: University of the South

Interests:

  • Research: Host-pathogen interactions, vaccine and therapeutic development. Investigating the host response to aspergillus and mucormycosis-related fungi

  • Etc.: Science outreach, science policy, public health, dancing, hiking, cooking, watching basketball, and playing the piano

Contributions to AWIS

  • Vice President of Social Media: Current

Web Links

Tara Ghazi

Vice President of Progams:
Tara Ghazi

Professional Position

  • PhD Candidate in Psychological & Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Professional History:

  • Graduate Student Researcher, Johns Hopkins University

  • Independent Student Researcher, Cambridge University, England

  • Student Researcher, Berkeley Institute for Data Science

  • MA, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

  • BA, Cognitive Science, University of California Berkeley

Interests:

  • Research: Individual Differences in Human Attention and Working Memory studied through the lens and methods of Cognitive Neuroscience. Specific trait differences of interest are those tied to Sex, Gender, Aging and specialized Training.

  • Etc.: Advocacy for Women and Parents. Hiking, camping, exploring. Growing and tending plants, yoga, painting, reading, plant-based cooking.

Contributions to AWIS

  • Vice President of Progams: Current

Web Links

Vice President of Finance:
Nina Rajpurohit

Professional Position

Professional History:

Interests:

Contributions to AWIS

Web Links

Webmaster:
Issel Anne Lim, PhD

Professional Position

  • Lead Health Science Policy Analyst, Team Lead for Science Policy and Planning, Office of Science Policy, Reporting, and Program Analysis (OSPRA), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (NIH/NICHD/OSPRA/SPPEB)

Professional History:

  • AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Big Data & Analytics Program, National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, Office of Extramural Research (NIH/OD/OER/OPAC)

  • AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Big Data & Analytics Program, National Institute of Mental Health (NIH/NIMH/OSPPC)

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University

  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

  • BSc, Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Interests:

  • Research: Developing magnetic resonance imaging techniques to visualize the central nervous system and characterize neurodegenerative disorders

  • Etc: Policy, healthcare, strategic planning, program evaluation, web design, scientific writing and editing, graphic design

Contributions to AWIS

  • Vice President of Communications: 2012-2015

  • Webmaster: 2012-Present

  • Created and maintained website for AWIS Baltimore

  • Created and distributed AWIS Newsletter

Web Links

Previous Officers

Below is a list of previous officers for the chapter, listed by their position.

President

  • Aparna Shah, PhD (2018-Present)

  • Jocelyn Reader, PhD (2016-2018)

  • Jessica Curtis, PhD (2016-2017)

  • Ekemini Riley (nee Udofa) (2012-2015)

  • Kim Schultz (2011-2012)

Vice President of Communications

  • Bouchra Taib (2018)

  • Lindsay Rizzardi, PhD (2016-2017)

  • Issel Anne Lim, PhD (2012-2015)

  • Delia Silva (2011-2012)

Vice President of Finance

  • Nina Rajpurohit (2019-Present)

  • Jocelyn Reader, PhD (2014-2019)

  • Kim Schultz (2010-2011, 2012-2013)

  • Dawn Holt (2011-2012)

Vice President of Programs

  • Tara Ghazi (2021-Present)

  • Fereshte Ghorbani (2019-2020)

  • Zulma Jiménez (2019)

  • Resham Chhabra (2018-2019)

  • Courtney Chandler (2018-2019)

  • Isabel Martinez Ferrando, PhD (2016-2017)

  • Talmesha Richards (2012-2014)

  • Janelle Jones (2012-2013)

  • Ekemini Udofa (2011-2012)

  • Kirsten Kulcsar (2011-2012)

  • Andrea Benedict (2011-2012)

Vice President of Public Relations

  • Marilyn Allen (2020-Present)

  • Divya Rao (2019)

  • Samar Chaanine (2018)

  • Akshata Almad, PhD (2016-2017)

  • Jessica Curtis (2012-2015)

  • Shirley Tan (2013-2014)

  • Claudia Avalos (2013-2014)

  • Shannadora Hollis (2011-2012)

Vice President of Social Media

  • Alexandra Soare (2019-Present)

  • Aparna Shah, PhD (2016-2017)

  • Jocelyn Reader, PhD (2011-2015)

Webmaster

  • Issel Anne Lim, PhD (2012-Present)


Executive Board Members by Year

Below is a list of the executive board membership for the chapter, listed by years of service.

2016-2017

  • Co-President: Jocelyn Reader, PhD

  • Co-President: Jessica Curtis, PhD

  • Communications & Sponsorship: Lindsay Rizzardi, PhD

  • Social Media: Aparna Shah, PhD

  • Public Relations: Akshata Almad, PhD

  • Programs: Isabel Martinez Ferrando, PhD

  • Past President: Ekemini Riley, PhD

  • Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim, PhD

2014-2015

  • President: Ekemini Riley (nee Udofa)

  • VP of Communications: Issel Anne Lim

  • VP of Social Media: Jocelyn Reader

  • VP of Public Relations: Jessica Curtis

  • VP of Programs:

  • Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim

  • Received AWIS Star Chapter Award for 2014-2015

2013-2014

  • President: Ekemini Udofa

  • VP of Communications: Issel Anne Lim

  • VP of Social Media: Jocelyn Reader

  • VP of Public Relations: Jessica Curtis, Shirley Tan, Claudia Avalos

  • VP of Programs: Talmesha Richards

  • Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim

  • Received AWIS Star Chapter Award for 2013

2012 to 2013

  • President: Ekemini Udofa

  • VP of Communications: Issel Anne Lim

  • VP of Finance: Kim Schultz

  • VP of Social Media: Jocelyn Reader

  • VP of Public Relations: Jessica Curtis

  • VP of Programs: Janelle Jones, Talmesha Richards

  • Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim

2011 to 2012

  • President: Kim Schultz

  • VP of Communications: Delia Silva

  • VP of Finance: Dawn Holt

  • VP of Social Media: Jocelyn Reader

  • VP of Public Relations: Shannadora Hollis

  • VP of Programs: Ekemini Udofa, Kirsten Kulcsar, Andrea Benedict

2010 to 2011

  • VP of Finance: Kim Schultz